In addition to her official duties as Queen of Sweden, H.M. Queen Silvia has several other engagements. H.M. Queen Silvia founded Stiftelsen Silviahemmet (The Silviahemmet Foundation) on Valentine’s Day of 1996. The Queen chairs and actively works with Stiftelsen Silviahemmet to develop and improve the quality of life for persons affected by dementia and their families. The training of Silvia nurses and entire unit training certification is combined with broad-based training in practical dementia care for different categories of staff that are involved with providing care. The foundation educates assistant nurses, nurses and doctors in cooperation with Sophiahemmet University and Karolinska Institutet. The Silviahemmet´s trainings are provided internationally by Swedish Care International.The Queen also initiated the founding of the World Childhood Foundation, is the founder and Honorary Member of the International Mentor Foundation and actively works on behalf of the disabled and hearing impaired.
Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Swedish GovernmentÅsa Regnér is a Swedish official and politician of the Social Democratic party. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (German, Spanish and history of art) from Stockholm University, a Master in democratic development from Uppsala University and has also studied political science, sociology and German literature at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität in Erlangen, Germany. Regnér has extensive experience working with both politics and non-governmental organisations. She has previously worked as Country Director for UN Women in Bolivia, Secretary-General for RFSU, Director of Planning for the ministry of justice, and has worked as a political advisor at the Prime Minister’s office on several occasions. She has served as the Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality since October 2014.
Chairman of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s and Convener of the Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer’s DiseaseGeorge Vradenburg is Chairman of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s and Convener of the Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer's Disease. George was named by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as a founding member of the Advisory Council on Research, Care, and Services established by the National Alzheimer's Project Act and has frequently testified before Congress about the global Alzheimer’s pandemic. He is a member of the World Dementia Council, appointed to that position by former UK Prime Minister David Cameron. George and USAgainstAlzheimer's co-convene both the Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer's Disease (LEAD) Coalition and the Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer's Disease. He and his wife, Trish, have long been dedicated members of Washington's civic and philanthropic community.
CEO Emeritus, Home InsteadTrevor Brocklebank and his wife Sam established Home Instead Senior Care in the UK in 2005. Today, the organisation has more than 200 franchise offices and 10,000 employees across the UK. Under Trevor and Sam’s leadership Home Instead UK was honoured with Queen’s Award for Innovation in 2016, and in England, Home Instead has received five times more “Outstanding” ratings from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) than any other home care provider. Home Instead Senior Care UK is part of the Home Instead Senior Care network, the world's leading provider of home care services for the elderly, which provides home care services through more than 1,100 franchise offices across 12 countries. In 2016, Home Instead provided more than 60 million hours of care ranging from light housekeeping and meal transportation to personal care and care for people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Trevor currently serves as the Chairman of the British Franchise Association and the Vice Chair of the United Kingdom Home Care Association. In his role as CEO Emeritus, Trevor serves as a global advocate for seniors by promoting better access to quality care and support for their carers.
Policy and Market Planning, Retirement and Personal Wealth Solutions, Bank of America Merrill LynchSurya Kolluri manages Policy and Market Planning for the Retirement and Personal Wealth Solutions Business at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this capacity, he oversees incubation and commercialization of programs such as Environmental-Social-Governance (ESG) Investing and Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). He also manages external relationships with regard to research and policy development in the areas of aging, longevity and cognitive decline including the Stanford Center on Longevity and the MIT AgeLab. Throughout his career, Kolluri has worked on pro-bono projects for non-profit organizations. He serves on the boards of the New England Chapter of the US Alzheimer’s Association, the CEO Initiative for Alzheimer’s and the Global Coalition on Aging.
Professor of Clinical Geriatric Epidemiology, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska InstitutetProfessor Miia Kivipelto, MD, PhD is a professor in Clinical Geriatric Epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet, senior geriatrician at the Memory Clinic, Karolinska University Hospital, and Research Director of Neuroepidemiology unit at University of Eastern Finland. Prof. Kivipelto's research focus is on the effects of and interactions between lifestyle-related and genetic factors on cognitive decline/dementia and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and other aging-related diseases. She is involved in many international networks and scientific/steering committees. Prof. Kivipelto has been the recipient of numerous prizes including the Academy of Finland Award for Social Impact and the Junior Chamber International Award as Outstanding Young Person, in Finland and Internationally.
Director, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health OrganizationDr Shekhar Saxena is a psychiatrist by training, working at World Health Organization since 1998 and the Director of the Department since 2010. He is responsible for all work at WHO related to mental, developmental, neurological and substance use disorders and suicide prevention. His responsibilities include evaluating evidence on effective public health measures and providing advice and technical assistance to ministries of health on prevention and management of mental, developmental, neurological and substance use disorders. His work also involves establishing partnerships with academic centres and civil society organizations and global advocacy for mental health. Dr Saxena has edited or authored more than 30 books including WHO publications and has authored more than 250 scientific papers in indexed journals.
Senior Vice President for Policy, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)Sarah Lenz Lock is senior vice president for policy in AARP’s Policy Research and International Affairs (PRI), where she helps position AARP as a thought leader addressing the major issues facing older Americans. Working on behalf of PRI, Lock helps to develop AARP’s public policy positions to support and maintain AARP’s social mission. Lock’s first work with AARP began at Foundation Litigation to conduct health care impact litigation on behalf of older persons. Prior to AARP, Lock served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. Lock began her career as a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives to Congressman Michael D. Barnes, working with the Federal Government Service Task Force, and subsequently at the law firm of Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin & Kahn.
Chair for World Dementia CouncilDr Yves Joanette is the Chair of the World Dementia Council. He oversees the work of the Council in coordinating global efforts and helping find tangible solutions to the challenge of dementia. He is also the Scientific Director of the Institute of Aging of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and a Professor of Cognitive Neurosciences and Aging at the Faculty of Medicine at the Université de Montréal. Dr Yves Joanette was a Scholar and Scientist of the Canadian Medical Research Council and has received many distinctions, including the André-Dupont Award from the Club de recherches cliniques du Québec, and the Eve-Kassier Award for exceptional professional accomplishment. The Université Lumière de Lyon in France presented him with an Honorary Doctorate.
Executive Director, Alzheimer ́s Disease InternationalMarc Wortmann is the Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Disease International. Collaborating with the Board, Marc implements finance and campaign strategies. Marc represents ADI at international conferences and in the NCD Alliance and takes part in WHO and UN meetings. Prior to this, he was the Executive Director of AlzheimerNederland in 2000. From 2002 to 2005 he chaired the Dutch Fundraising Associationand and was Vice-President of the European Fundraising Association from 2004 to 2007. He is a speaker at multiple events and conferences on these topics and has published a number of articles and papers on dementia awareness and public policy.
Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Carers UKEmily Holzhausen OBE is the Director of Policy and Public Affairs for Carers UK, in which she has been with since 1996, and is one of the country’s foremost experts on carers’ issues. Emily leads on the policy, parliamentary, research and media work as well as overseeing all the Advice and Information services. Within her scope of responsibilities is also Carers Week, one of the UK's biggest awareness weeks involving thousands of local events. She has developed and led different campaigns over the years which have resulted in new legislation, policy or practice to improve the lives of carers.
Journalist and Moderator
Nisha Pillai is an accomplished former news presenter with BBC World News who now specialises in moderating Panel Discussions and High Level Dialogues. She has worked closely with several UN agencies, with scientific institutes such as CERN, and with industry events and conferences in the Finance, IT and Energy sectors. Nisha has worked extensively in the Nordic region, including hosting an event for the Swedish government examining the health effects of cannabis and for the Swedish Society of Medicine on Global Health Trends.
Nisha’s 25 year career at the BBC culminated as one of the main news anchors at BBC World News, where she reported extensively during the 9/11 attacks and the Iraq war. She was also one of the first regular interviewers on Hard Talk. As an award-winning investigative journalist at Panorama, the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, Nisha had notable investigations to her name. She was awarded the Royal Television Society’s Award for her investigation into the late Robert Maxwell, which was broadcast a month before his death. Nisha cut her teeth as a financial journalist at the Investors Chronicle and on the BBC’s Money Programme. She read economics at the London School of Economics and was a graduate trainee at Schroders.